Ruts were a band way ahead of their time. Bands like Nirvana seem to have picked up, ironically, from where this band's future was cut short: the death of its vocalist. Each song on Crack is strong and powerful and proof of the musical ability Ruts were renowned for. The order of the songs (pure genius, if deliberate) takes the listener on a rough journey through an urban landscape, from the raw punk of "Something that I said" through the menace of "It was cold" and the contemplativeness of "Jah Wars" to the sheer live climax of "Human Punk". After all these years it still sounds fresh and important. A perfect album indeed, that moves way beyond the boundaries of the era it was created in.